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Published: 20 July 2016

624 Pages | 353

7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190275853

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The Past in Perspective

An Introduction to Human Prehistory

Seventh Edition

Kenneth L. Feder

Ideal for introduction to archaeology and world prehistory courses, The Past in Perspective: An Introduction to Human Prehistory, Seventh Edition, is an engaging and up-to-date chronological overview of human prehistory. Kenneth L. Feder introduces students to "the big picture"--the grand sweep of human evolutionary history--presenting the human past within the context of fundamental themes of cultural evolution. Feder's unique, refreshing, and accessible narrative personalizes the past and makes it relevant to today's students. Using a consistent chapter format--"Prelude, Chronicle, Issues and Debates, Messages from the Past, and Case Study Close-up"--Feder helps students master both what we know and what is still debated about the complex story of the human past.

New to this Edition:

  • Updated content throughout, including coverage of recent developments like the discovery of Homo naledi and the recovery and analysis of DNA from some of the oldest human skeletons in the New World
  • A new "Messages from the Past" feature in each chapter helps students understand how the study of the ancient human past can provide insights into the human present and future
  • A thoroughly revised Epilogue focuses on the combined, compounded, and cumulative changes to our planet wrought by human technological evolution
  • A new running glossary

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